SXSW 4 Japan

My favorite band, Hanson, has organized a telethon in 2 days, SXSW 4 Japan. It is going on right now and you can check it out at sxsw4japan There are a lot of great performers who have jumped on board. It started at 12pm CST and will be going until 12amCST. If you have some free time be sure to check it out and donate if you can. It is great background music if you are trying to get some computer or housework done and it is all for a great cause 🙂 Please spread the word if you can!

3 Winners for the Giveaway!

It looks like we are at 100 followers on Google Friend Connect and 100 “likes” on Facebook.  Provided these numbers stay the same (or get larger) for the end of the contest – we will have *3* winners chosen to win $10 to!

If you haven’t already entered, what are you waiting for? Your odds to win just went way up! Please make all entries on the original contest post. Contest ends Monday March 21st at 11:59pm EST.

Good luck everyone 🙂

Website Pet Peeves

I visit a lot of websites every day.  Sometimes, I visit a lot of websites at once. Well, not exactly. I can only read one page at at time (which is a bummer, I know) but I do often have many, many tabs open on the top of my browser. Especially when I find a post with a lot of great links – like a blog hop, for instance.. I’ll go through and open them ALL to check out over the course of the next hour or day, depending on what other things I have going on.

And I have to say, one of my biggest pet peeves is when one of these multiple tabs starts talking or singing!  Websites that have auto-play – whether it be a music player, an ad or a video, drive me NUTS!  The worst is when more than one of the tabs you have open have auto-play.  Then you get all sorts of crazy noises going on.  Not to mention, somehow they are always the loudest thing ever playing and sometimes it scares me and I jump a mile out of my computer chair before I scramble to figure out what page it is.

Can someone explain how this is beneficial to your site?  If someone can’t figure out how to turn off the auto-play because you have it buried somewhere or at the very bottom of you page, they might just close out of the page and not check out your site.  Sure you’d have that initial “hit”, but will they bookmark you and come back later? Probably not. I know I don’t!

(And I have to say one of the worst offenders is Which I visit frequently. Multiple times a day. And if I stay on the home page too long I hear “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!” coming from their promo for 5 of 5. I don’t like hearing it at the shows and I certainly don’t like hearing it coming out my computer speakers!)

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